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About the Socioeconomic Equity (EQ) Project

The University of Otago is committed to a culture of equity and diversity where all students are included and valued. Prioritised accessible support for equity groups acknowledges barriers and actively encourages students to participate, engage, and achieve.

The University of Otago's Te Kauae Parāoa policy is designed to ensure academic equity for students from under-represented groups.

Otago's new Socioeconomic Equity (EQ) Project specifically aims to support students from school communities most challenged by socioeconomic barriers to educational success to progress into health professional programmes, and ultimately into the health workforce.

It recognises the awareness and understanding these students have of health needs in diverse communities, and their potential to make a significant positive difference.

Esther Yu (2019)
“My involvement in the EQ (Socioeconomic Equity) project has made my first year at university an amazing and positive experience. It has made my transition to the university unforgettable and life changing in many aspects. I cannot thank the support team enough – their constant support and communication have been great motivation throughout this journey.” — Esther Yu.


To be eligible for the Socioeconomic Equity (EQ) Project, you must be a domestic student who:

  • has attended a New Zealand secondary school that was decile 1, 2 or 3 until 2023, or has an Equity Index (EQI) number of 479 or greater.
  • has attended during Years 11, 12 and 13 within the last five years.

Please contact us if you're unsure whether you meet these criteria.

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